Holiday House 2012 | Inson Dubois Wood

Holiday House 2012 | Inson Dubois Wood

While I enjoy a wide spectrum of design, wild and chaotic is not normally on my list. But Inson Dubois Wood‘s dramatic ode to Venice’s Carnevale really hit a chord. Rather like the circus performer who can keep all the plates spinning in his act, this room successfully maintains the momentum of a variety of vignettes.

As one of the main first floor spaces, the architecture of the room was already noteworthy, but Wood embellished it even further for an over the top lavish exuberance worthy of Daphne Guinness and Alexander McQueen, both of whom Wood references with his design.  …

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Hearst Designer Visions | Antony Todd for Veranda

Hearst Designer Visions | Antony Todd for Veranda

This year’s Hearst Designer Visions takes place in the landmark building 250 West Street in Tribeca, renovated by Gal Nauer Architects, where the spacious residences are apartments with a loft-like appeal and spectacular views overlooking the Hudson River.

Antony Todd said the corner unit he designed for Veranda spoke to him immediately. As Carolyn Englefield, the editor who worked with him on the project said, Todd’s aesthetic has a global European point of view, speaking to livable luxury, timeless design and understated elegance, just what Veranda is all about.

Todd’s imagined inhabitants are a couple in their late 30s early 40s with a teenage son, who didn’t necessarily want a perfectly polished apartment but one which included objects from their travels and told their story.…

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2012 Holiday House | Javaras Kennally

2012 Holiday House | Javaras Kennally

I’m sure many of you readers are familiar with Holiday House, the breast cancer fundraiser founded and chaired by Iris Dankner. Now in its fifth year, the much anticipated annual event on the design circuit is again taking place in the commanding 1921 20,000 square foot limestone townhouse at 2 East 63rd Street. And for the first time, this year’s beneficiary is the The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993. Event chairmen Iris Dankner and Christopher Hyland with Design co-chairs Alexa Hampton and Charlotte Moss head the event leadership with Traditional Home as the media partner for the third year.…

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Sandy’s Wake

Sandy’s Wake

As I’m sure many of you realized, there was no post today due to the effects of hurricane Sandy in the northeast. While I feel very lucky to be safe and not have personally sustained any severe damage to our house, we are, like much of our town, without power, water, heat or phones for an undetermined period. Please keep in mind the many in my area who were not as lucky – these large trees blocking the roadways also devastated homes and brought down dangerous power lines.

I am currently working out of a friend’s office nearby and hope to be back on track later today.…

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Thank you Taigan and Fetch!

Thank you Taigan and Fetch!

Any of you longtime readers will be familiar with the online shopping site Taigan. I have written before about their terrific curated collection of the very best specialty shops across the country for almost everything – fashion, home decor, art, antiques, jewelry, gourmet food and fine gifts.

And I always look forward to the email dispatches from their online magazine, Fetch, produced by creative director Julia Reed, delivering articles on “people, places and fascinating discoveries.” So I am thrilled to report that I am featured on the magazine today.

Stop by Fetch to read my thoughts on design and see my picks from the irresistible online temptations.…

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Hearst Designer Visions | Matthew Patrick Smyth for ELLE DECOR

Hearst Designer Visions | Matthew Patrick Smyth for ELLE DECOR

Hearst Magazines’ 6th annual Designer Visions is a marvelously conceived showcase (for more information, see this earlier post). It’s not surprising that the three apartments, one sponsored by each of the Hearst design group magazines, are beautiful but when attending a preview last week, I was impressed with the incredibly detailed back stories created by each of the designers for their imagined muses. They are so complete and realistic that the spaces feel very personalized with meticulous detailing. In addition, Hearst partnered for the first time with 48 Hour Film Project (filmmakers had to write, direct, film, edit and score their piece all within 48 hours) who curated a special competition for the showcase, creating two short films in each apartment, which will debut at an exclusive premier in a couple of weeks.…

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2012 International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show Finale

2012 International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show Finale

The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show had a sensational selection of jewelry and I could certainly have written on that alone. In my rush to get through the show in our one hour window, I missed visiting many of my favorite dealers but this amazing aquamarine and pearl suite by William Ruser of Beverly Hills caught my eye at Sandra Cronan‘s booth. Ruser, a popular jeweler to the stars in the ’50s and 60’s, was well known for his use of pearls, but it’s really the combination with the impressive emerald cut aquamarines that makes this a stand out.…

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International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show

International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show

Browsing events like the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show isn’t just for potential buyers. Anyone interested in art and design should consider attending such shows. It hones your eye, educates you about the marketplace and helps put things in perspective across the board. In fact it’s this connecting the dots that’s my favorite aspect, tracing inspiration and finding common threads throughout disciplines and eras.

While a source of inspiration for years, interest in India has been enjoying a recent resurgence. So I was pleased to see the booth of Samina Inc, the only gallery to specialize in “rare and collectable antique jewellery and jewelled arts of India.” When I mentioned to Dr.…

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Art and Antiques at the Armory

Art and Antiques at the Armory

I have written before about the good work that The Fund for Park Avenue does for the community. In honor of the avenue’s annual tree lighting ceremony coming on the first Sunday in December, they, with support from First Republic Bank, recently held a private reception at The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show with directors Brian and Anna Haughton that I was delighted to attend.

Founded in 1989, this prestigious show was the first event to introduce the concept of vetting to New York and every object exhibited must still pass a rigorous examination for quality and authenticity. Each category, from furniture to paintings to jewelry, has a separate Honorary Vetting Committee made up of advisors, museum curators and dealers to maintain a consistently high standard for all involved.…

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High Point Picks | Keeping Tradition Fresh at Thibaut

High Point Picks | Keeping Tradition Fresh at Thibaut

While Thibaut is the oldest continuously operating wallpaper company in the country, that doesn’t keep them from pushing the envelope of tradition. Ever since I got a sneak peek at their new furniture line almost a year ago, I had been wanting to see it in person.

So this market, I made a point of stopping by Market Square to see the new line – and I wasn’t disappointed. Goldilocks would have loved this collection – not too big, not too small, the classic shapes in this capsule collection of American made products are just right. Traditional styles are reinterpreted for today with pleasing proportions and comfortable scale.…

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